PhD Student "Closing the regional sea-level budget in the satellite era"

The department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS, principal investigator dr. Aimée Slangen) is looking for a highly-motivated PhD candidate to support analysis of satellite data in our research of regional sea-level change.

2018-01-29 12:13:50
VACANCY ID:                     2018-009
CLOSING DATE:                 MARCH 11th, 2018


 Global mean sea level has been rising at a rate of 3.4±0.4 mm/yr between 1993 and 2014, but regional variations can be large, with rates of up to 10 mm/yr in the same period. Regional differences are caused by a number of processes acting on different temporal and spatial scales, such as ocean dynamics, land ice mass and landwater storage changes and associated gravitational effects, and vertical land movement.

Although the main processes have been identified, we are still not in the position to fully explain observed regional sea-level variations in the past century, partly due to large uncertainties in reconstructions of past sea-level change.


In this research project, we will first focus on closing the regional sea-level budget in the satellite altimetry era (since 1993) on a regional scale and consistently for the entire ocean. The satellite altimetry period provides the best observations and therefore is the ideal starting point for developing methods and refining understanding of past sea-level change, which will feed into efforts to understand the whole 20th-century observational sea-level record.

The second objective of this project is to use the budget contributions as a tool to answer research questions that will increase our understanding of the processes contributing to sea-level change. In particular, we propose to look into i) the impact of internal climate variability on landwater storage and the associated changes in regional sea level, and ii) the hot spots of the different contributions to regional sea-level change.


The ideal candidate has a university degree (MSc) in oceanography, marine sciences, meteorology, physical geography, earth sciences and/or a related area. A strong background in numerical modelling, remote sensing, and knowledge about climate change (processes) would be advantageous. Since you will be working in an international research environment you must be proficient in spoken and written English.

The successful PhD Student will focus on analysing satellite data of all contributions to sea-level change and is therefore expected to work with and analyse large quantities of data.

The candidate will be hosted by the department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS) at the Royal NIOZ in Yerseke. The candidate is expected to travel to TU Delft regularly to meet with co-advisor dr. Riccardo Riva and promotor prof. dr. Bert Vermeersen. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School.


Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for 4 years (fulltime) with an excellent salary, a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements. You may expect very attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.


For additional information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Aimée Slangen (Tenure-track scientist).

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Sigrid Moerbeek (senior HR advisor).

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place in Yerseke or online (e.g., by Skype).

Please note: job interviews are foreseen for Wednesday, April 4th,  2018. The candidate must be able to start before 14 June 2018.

Learn more about the department of Estuarine and Delta Systems here.



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